Saturday, January 12, 2008

Dog genetics, again   posted by p-ter @ 1/12/2008 03:30:00 PM

I've recently pointed out a number of advances in dog genetics, in particular with regards to behavioral phenotypes. A just-published review lays out what the future has in store; these are exciting times. In particular, people familiar with Belyaev and his silver foxes will be particularly interested in this part:
Recently, a fox meiotic linkage map was constructed that covers the entire haploid set of 16 fox autosomes as well as the X chromosome. With this key resource now available, several experimental pedigrees have been generated to map the fox loci for both aggression and tameness. The research community is anxiously awaiting results of this 50 year study, which are expected within the next two years